In addition to chiropractic manipulation and mobilization, Gilreath Chiropractic Health Center also includes mechanical therapies into most treatment plans. These therapies are complimentary to the adjustment, and often stimulate the muscle to the point of relaxation.
Some physiological therapeutic measures that are often utilized in chiropractic care include:
- Moist Heat: Heat therapy is used to relax taut and tender muscles that are a result of subluxation and injury. Heat has been known to restore blood flow to the area and promote faster healing.
- Exercise: Instructions for an exercise program focusing on stretching and strengthening the back and/or extremities may be an addition to a treatment plan, as determined by the treating physician.
- Traction: A chiropractic mechanical traction includes the patient lying face up as a system of rollers move about the back, all the while stretching and massaging the para-spinal muscles. Traction is a useful tool to stretch the spine, decompress the discs and reduce the pressure on the nerve roots.
- Pelvic stabilization: When leg-length deficiency, flat feet and/or subtalar instability are present, the treating physician may place a small heel lift in the shoe on the short leg side and/or prescribe corrective arch supports to help stabilize the pelvis.
- Patient education: The treating physician may advise a variety of lifestyle modifications, including diet and nutritional programs, self-care and coping strategies, to the patient.
Through the course of a patient’s case management, these methods, or a combination of these methods, may or may not be utilized by the treating physician.